Tajuan McCarty is the founder and executive director of the WellHouse, a nonprofit, faith-based and Christ centered organization dedicated to rescuing women from sexual exploitation. She has extensive experience in social work, community outreach, and as a consultant on women’s issues.
Her professional experience includes leadership positions at The Neighborhood House, an agency assisting women ex-offenders re-enter society; Pathways, a program devoted to helping chronically homeless, mentally ill women; and as a social worker for the Alabama State Department of Human Resources.
She holds master’s degrees in public health and public administration, as well as a bachelor of science in social work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Tajuan is uniquely qualified to lead the WellHouse, as she understands victims’ situations all too well. At 15, she was sexually exploited by her then-boyfriend, later turned pimp. He sent her from Atlanta, Georgia, to Birmingham, Alabama, where he was able to manipulate her into prostitution. Like many women forced into prostitution and sex trafficking, she suffered feelings of low self-esteem and isolation. These experiences make her a passionate advocate for victims of exploitation.
Alexa James has many years in marketing, sales and account management. Additionally she is a recent graduate of Highlands College with an emphasis on human trafficking, women’s ministry and missions work. Her time in this program of study is what fed her passion for social justice and led her to The WellHouse.
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